School of Performing Arts

Musical Theatre

BA (Hons) Full-time 3 years, Part-time 6 years

The BA (Hons) Musical Theatre course will give you the opportunity to specialise in musical theatre whilst developing practical skills in dance, drama and music.

The BA (Hons) Musical Theatre course will give you the opportunity to specialise in musical theatre whilst developing practical skills in dance, drama and music.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code W312
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  • Start Date(s) 19 September 2022
  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Study Mode Full-time, Part-time
  • Course Length Full-time (3 years), Part-time (6 years)
  • Campus Location Walsall Campus
  • School School of Performing Arts
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Why choose this course?

The BA (Hons) Musical Theatre course will give you the opportunity to specialise in musical theatre whilst developing practical skills in dance, drama and music. You will have practical modules at all levels of the course to enable you to develop your performance skills. The BA (Hons) Musical Theatre also offers the opportunity to develop a broad range of associated skills including, for example, technical theatre, theatre design, teaching, thus increasing your employability and your understanding of collaborative and professional practices in context.

The course develops academic and practical skills in musical theatre, and looks at historical and contemporary practice. Led by a team of internationally-published academics, you will have the opportunity to critically engage with the history and development of musical theatre practice. In addition, working with our professional regional, national and international networks allow you to expand your knowledge of the musical theatre industry and embed this into your own practice. You will have numerous opportunities at every level to perform in theatres and other professional locations.  

The Performance Hub will provide state of the art facilities, designed to nurture talent and produce future leaders in the Creative Industries, allowing you to work across disciplines to enhance your employability.


What happens on the course?

The aim of the BA Musical Theatre course is to produce enterprising students who are capable of independent thought, of working between and across disciplines, and of creative and critical engagement with musical theatre in regional, national and international contexts. During the course, you will explore the interrelationships between knowledge, understanding and doing, and how musical theatre draws on dance, drama and music. You will develop the skills to use new technologies in a range of subject-specific applications, for example, lighting and sound design, digital self-promotion skills, and studio recording. The course is vocationally-led and aims to enhance your future employability. By the end of the course, you will have the know-how to develop further both your professional skills and your powers of critical analysis.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

Wolverhampton is at the heart of the thriving West Midlands performing arts scene that includes three major touring houses in the Wolverhampton Grand, the Birmingham Hippodrome and the Alexandra Theatre as well as the Birmingham Repertory Theatre.  There is also a lively fringe scene in Birmingham, particularly at the Old Joint Stock Theatre, and a range of amateur companies throughout the Black Country.  The University has its own professionally-run Arena Theatre, and students regularly take part in public performances at this venue.

The course itself is taught on our Walsall campus in the purpose-built Performance Hub, which is equipped with five dance and drama studios, a recording studio and a fully operational black box theatre.  There is also a swimming pool and gym onsite, and there are regular buses to both Birmingham and Wolverhampton from the edge of campus.  The department regularly invites practitioners to work with students – past visitors include Layton Williams (Billy Elliot, Hairspray, Rent), Cleve September (In The Heights, Hamilton) and Matt Rawle (Evita, Pippin) as well as musical theatre writers and producers.


As a graduate of this course you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding of the cultural frameworks of musical theatre in its cultural, historical and contemporary context.
  2. Engage creatively and critically with performance through a developed and sensitive understanding of appropriate performance vocabularies, techniques, structures and working methods.
  3. Analyse, evaluate and apply differing theories regarding research and performance in a contemporary, global industry.
  4. Understand the interplay between practice and theory, applying them to the respective components of musical theatre in a dynamic, ethical and enterprising way.
  5. Identify and apply relevant and contemporary skills and technologies to further enhance your employment prospects.

Reflect on and apply a range of skills, techniques and new technologies to problem solve and communicate information to diverse audiences.


Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2021-22
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2022-23
Home Part-time £3100 per year# 2021-22
Home Part-time £3120 per year# 2022-23
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £12950 per year 2021-22
International Full-time £13450 per year 2022-23
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21
International Part-time £6475 per year# 2021-22
International Part-time £6725 per year# 2022-23

Additional Course Costs

Additional materials: You will be required to purchase your own vocal straw/tube for singing exercises (approximate cost: £21). Appropriate dance or movement clothes should also be purchased.
Single honours musical theatre students will be required to provide personal dance equipment, including jazz shoes and tap shoes (approximate cost: £35). Purchasing character shoes may also be beneficial but is not compulsory.

Additional field trips: There will be opportunities to attend musicals and theatre performances in London and the UK; students are expected to cover the cost of this (approximately in the region of £10-35 per visit). Trips abroad will be arranged when possible and costs depend on availability and cohort size.

Additional events/performances: Students participate in a range of performances during their studies. Costs will vary according to the type of performance (recital, cabaret, scene study) but every effort is made to ensure that costs aren’t excessive. In some cases, you may be asked to provide your own costume where appropriate (cost depends on items required but can be in the region of £50).

Further information on these additional costs will be provided prior to the start of your studies

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

Typical entry requirement: 96 UCAS points

  • A Levels - grades CCC / BCD
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades MMM
  • BTEC L3 Diploma - grades DD
  • Access to HE Diploma: 45 L3 credits at Merit
  • Rock School (RSL) L3 Extended Diploma in Creative and Performing Arts - grade M
  • UAL L3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts and Production Arts - grade M

Use the UCAS Tariff calculator to check your qualifications and points

Other Requirements

Those meeting the entry requirements may be shortlisted to attend an Audition. Further details can be found at Applicants will also be required to provide satisfactory reference.

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see for further information.


Tuition Fees Loan (Home Fee Status):

Most students will be able to apply for a loans to pay for these subject to eligibility. To find out more information please refer to the government Student Finance website.

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as having Overseas Fee status. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.


If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: See How to pay.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund.

for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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